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Fund Facts

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† The Sextant Growth Fund began operation under its current objective Sept. 28, 1995. Previously, it was the Northwest Growth Fund. † The Sextant Bond Income Fund began operation under its current objective Sept. 28, 1995. Previously, it was the Washington Tax-Exempt Fund.

Portfolio Managers

Phelps McIlvaine
Portfolio Manager since 1996

Phelps McIlvaine, Vice President, joined Saturna Capital in 1993. He serves Saturna as Portfolio Manager and a Research Analyst for Idaho Tax-Exempt Fund, Sextant Short-Term Bond Fund, Sextant Bond Income Fund, and Sextant Core Fund. He also acts as Director for Saturna's wholly-owned brokerage subsidiary, Saturna Brokerage Services. Mr. McIlvaine was born in Illinois in 1953, and has a BA in economics (University of Denver, 1975 Phi Beta Kappa).

Mr. McIlvaine entered the investment business in 1976 and traded US bond and derivative markets from 1977 to 1986 for commercial banks in Boston and Chicago. From 1987 to 1993 he managed fixed income derivative hedge funds in Chicago and London. He serves on the Endowment Committees of the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and the Bellingham Interfaith Coalition.

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Patrick Drum MBA, CFA®, CFP®
Deputy Portfolio Manager since 2015

Patrick T. Drum, Research Analyst and Saturna Sustainable Bond and Amana Participation Funds Portfolio Manager joined Saturna Capital in October 2014. He is an adjunct professor of finance for the Sustainable MBA Program at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) at Pinchot. Mr. Drum holds a BA in economics from Western Washington University and an MBA from Seattle University Albers School of Business. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder and a Certified Financial Planner®.

Prior to joining Saturna Capital, Mr. Drum led environmental, social, and governance (ESG) research and was director of fixed income portfolio management since 2007 at The Arbor Group, a member of UBS Institutional Consulting Services specializing in investment management for global conservation and national wildlife park endowments as well as sustainable-social screened private client portfolios.

Mr. Drum's past experience also includes business valuation at Moss Adams and portfolio management at Washington Mutual Bank. He lives in Bellingham and is a proud father of two. He enjoys sea kayaking, hiking, and being part of the Pacific Northwest community.

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Investment Style

Targeted to investors seeking capital preservation and current income

Dollar-weighted average maturity not to exceed three years

Diversified across industries and companies

Actively managed by the award-winning, values-based, global expertise of Saturna Capital

 

* Shares of the Fund are available for purchase without any minimum initial investment by:

  • Qualified and non-qualified employer-sponsored retirement or benefit plans, including 401(k) plans, 457 plans, 403(b) plans, profit-sharing plans, and deferred compensation plans; 
  • Qualified retirement or benefit plans, including IRA, ESA, and HSA plans serviced as trustee by Saturna Trust Company; and
  • Fee-based advisory programs (including mutual fund wrap programs) sponsored by financial intermediaries that provide bundled services for a fee.

Overview

Investment Objective

Capital preservation and current income.

Principal Investment Strategies

The Short-Term Bond Fund invests at least 80% of its assets in short-term bonds, including corporate and government bonds. Under normal circumstances, the Fund's dollar-weighted average maturity does not exceed three years. The Short-Term Bond Fund invests at least 65% of net assets in bonds rated within the three highest grades (Aaa, Aa, or A); and may not invest in a bond rated at time of purchase below the fourth-highest grade (Baa).

Principal Risks of Investing in the Fund

Market risk: The value of the Fund's shares rises and falls as the market value of the securities in which the Fund invests goes up and down. The market value of securities will fluctuate, sometimes significantly and unpredictably, with stocks generally being more volatile than bonds. When you redeem your shares, they may be worth more or less than what you paid for them. Only consider investing in the Fund if you are willing to accept the risk that you may lose money.

Interest rate risk: Investing in bonds includes the risk that as interest rates rise, bond prices will fall. Conversely, during periods of declining interest rates bond prices generally rise, but bond issuers may call or prepay the bond and reissue debt at lower interest rates. The longer a bond's maturity, the more sensitive the bond is to interest rate changes.

Credit risk: Investing in bonds includes the risk that an issuer will not pay interest or principal when due, or the issuer may default altogether. If an issuer's credit quality is perceived to decline, the value and liquidity of the issuer's bonds may also decline.

Performance

Daily Price and Stats

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Average Annual Total Returns

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Growth of $10,000

Sextant Short-Term Bond Fund Growth of $10,000

This chart illustrates the performance of a hypothetical $10,000 invested at the beginning of the period and redeemed at the end of the period, and assumes reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains.

Annual Total Returns

As of March 31, 2018

Sextant Short-Term Bond Fund Annual Total Returns Volatility Chart

The Citigroup Gov./Corp. Investment Grade Index 1-3 Years is a broad-based index of shorter-term investment grade US government and corporate bond prices that reflects no deductions for fees, expenses, or taxes. Investors cannot invest directly in the index.

Holdings

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Sector Allocation

Security and sector weightings are shown as a percentage of total net assets.

Distributions

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Record Date Ex, Pay and
Reinvest Date
Ordinary
Income
Qualified
Income
Short-Term
Capital Gains
Long-Term
Capital Gains
Total Distributions
(per share)
06/28/2018 06/29/2018 $0.00578 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00578
05/30/2018 05/31/2018 $0.00641 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00641
04/27/2018 04/30/2018 $0.00570 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00570
03/28/2018 03/29/2018 $0.00552 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00552
02/27/2018 02/28/2018 $0.00517 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00517
01/30/2018 01/31/2018 $0.00578 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00578
12/28/2017 12/29/2017 $0.00473 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00217 $0.00690
11/29/2017 11/30/2017 $0.00455 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00455
10/30/2017 10/31/2017 $0.00487 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00487
09/28/2017 09/29/2017 $0.00431 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00431
08/30/2017 08/31/2017 $0.00479 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00479
07/28/2017 07/31/2017 $0.00546 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00546
06/29/2017 06/30/2017 $0.00589 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00589
05/30/2017 05/31/2017 $0.00639 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00639
04/27/2017 04/28/2017 $0.00492 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00492
03/30/2017 03/31/2017 $0.00639 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00639
02/27/2017 02/28/2017 $0.00510 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00510
01/30/2017 01/31/2017 $0.00537 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00537
12/29/2016 12/30/2016 $0.00539 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00539
11/29/2016 11/30/2016 $0.00404 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00404
10/28/2016 10/31/2016 $0.00395 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00395
09/29/2016 09/30/2016 $0.00414 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00414
08/30/2016 08/31/2016 $0.00489 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00489
07/28/2016 07/29/2016 $0.00449 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00449
06/29/2016 06/30/2016 $0.00325 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00325
05/27/2016 05/31/2016 $0.00486 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00486
04/28/2016 04/29/2016 $0.00424 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00424
03/30/2016 03/31/2016 $0.00505 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00505
02/26/2016 02/29/2016 $0.00465 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00465
01/28/2016 01/29/2016 $0.00445 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00445

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The Sextant Short-Term Bond Fund intends to distribute its net investment income and net realized capital gains, if any, to its shareowners. The Fund pays income dividends daily, which are reinvested or distributed monthly. As a result of its investment strategy, the Fund expects that its dividends will consist primarily of ordinary income.

Distributions for the last two years are listed in the table above. For prior distributions, please contact a Saturna representative.

Regulations regarding distributions can be complex, and there are several methods for managing your tax liability. Please consult a tax advisor about your particular circumstances. You also may obtain helpful information by calling the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-829-1040 or visiting www.irs.gov.

If applicable, distribution information will appear on Form 1099-DIV, typically sent in late January. For more information on tax documentation, please visit our Tax Documentation page.

The Fund pays per-share distributions to shareowners invested on the Record Date. On the Payable Date, the fund's share price is reduced by the amount of its distribution.

Fees & Expenses

The following tables describe the fees and expenses mutual fund shareowners may pay. There are no shareowner fees (fees paid directly from an investment). The Fund imposes no sales charge (load) on purchases or reinvested dividends, or any deferred sales charge (load) upon redemption. There are no exchange fees or account fees. Investments in mutual funds are subject to ongoing expenses. Saturna endeavors to keep these fees low. We encourage you to compare the following fees with similar fees of other no-load mutual funds:

Shareowner Fees (fees paid directly from your investment): 

None.

Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses deducted from Fund Assets)²
Management Fees  (vary with performance) 0.50%
Other Expenses 0.38%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses† 0.88%
Fee Waiver and Expense Reimbursement -0.28%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses after Fee Waiver and Expense Reimbursement‡ 0.60%

† Restated to reflect the ending of the Distribution (12b-1) Fees effective June 2, 2017, as approved by the Board of Trustees on March 14, 2017.

‡The adviser has committed through March 31, 2019, to waive fees and/or reimburse expenses to the extent necessary to ensure that the Fund's net operating expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, interest, taxes, and extraordinary expenses do not exceed the net operating expense ratio of 0.60%. The committed net operating expense ratio may be changed or terminated only with approval of the Board of Trustees.

When you buy shares through a financial intermediary, that intermediary may charge a transaction fee or commission which is not reflected in the expenses table. Purchases and redemptions of Fund shares will be made at the daily net asset value established by the Fund (before imposition of a commission).

Literature

 

¹ A Fund's 30-Day Yield, sometimes referred to as "standardized yield" or "SEC yield,” is expressed as an annual percentage rate using a method of calculation adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The 30-Day Yield provides an estimate of a Fund's investment income rate, but may not equal the actual income distribution rate.

² Expense ratios shown are as stated in the Fund's most recent prospectus or summary prospectus dated March 28, 2018.

Performance data quoted represents past performance which is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be higher or lower than performance data quoted. Standardized returns current to the most recent month-end can be obtained by visiting our Month-end Returns Page or by calling toll free 1-800-728-8762. The Fund cannot guarantee that its investment objective will be met. Securities of the Fund are offered and sold only through the prospectus or summary prospectus.